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Jordan Colclough, BA Computer Animation 2015

E-Learning Developer at Day One Technologies

Jordan Colclough, BA Computer Animation 2015
  •  From West Yorkshire, UK
  •  Graduated from BA Computer Animation in 2015
  •  Currently employed as E-Learning Developer at Day One Technologies

What was your time at the University of Bradford like?
I was really engaged in sports and everything the Union had to offer, and much as I appreciated the course, one of the biggest things I took away from University was everything else it teaches you. For example, I helped run the Snowsports team which helped me with events planning and communicating with a range of people, skills I’ve used a lot in everyday life.

How did you get to where you are now after graduating from Bradford?
After University, I went to New Zealand for nine months to be an Outdoor Education volunteer for the YMCA, which was nothing like my degree but it was great to take a step back and think about what I wanted to do as a career.

After this, I decided that I wanted to get back into Computer Animation in some way, and the combination of my skills made me a good fit for this role at day one.

Describe what an average working day or week is like for you at Day One Technologies.
At the beginning of the week, we divide up the project for the week so everyone is allotted individual tasks. The client will give feedback that we will act upon, and hopefully they will be happy with the standard of the work by the end of the week. The job involves making images and animations- sometimes there will be five, sometimes 100, so you have to deal with this and manage your time effectively.

The office is quite quiet on a morning, but I’m quite energetic which I’m sure other people find annoying, but by mid-morning things have warmed up, and generally there’s a light hearted atmosphere. Things can get a bit tense towards the deadlines at the end of the week though!

What employability skills do you use in the role that you gained through your degree?
Critical thinking– it’s important to be able critique my own and others’ work in a positive way.

Leadership – I run the Photoshop tests for the interviews here, which also uses technical skills I learned on the course at University (BA Computer Animation).

Interpersonal skills – these have continued to grow through university and to travelling to New Zealand. I will hopefully be leading my own team soon, so I will have more responsibility, and I will use the experience of working on group projects to inform this.

How has your current job helped with your long term career plans?
This job has helped me understand more about myself. I originally thought it would be temporary, but I saw that I was valued here and that helped me feel more confident about my future.

I’m thinking about Masters courses in Management or Outdoor Education, and I had my heart set on a Producing for Animation & Video Games which would have been ideal for me, but unfortunately it was pulled before it began.

What advice would you give current or future students hoping to work in your profession?
For arts students: have a portfolio and records of your work- it’s really useful, also, be prepared to be unsuccessful in some applications and interviews, as it’s all part of the learning process.

 

Published February 2017